Rick Steves’ Europe Fund – Capacity Grants – Fall Cycle – 2018

At Rick Steves’ Europe, we view travel as a potentially life-changing experience. Teaching good and thoughtful travel is our number one priority. As travel teachers, we inspire people to acquire the skills necessary to make their trip an enjoyable, economical, smooth, and rewarding experience. We strive to be “teachers first,” and encourage travelers, as well as our employees, to be thoughtful, cooperative, and respectful, be open to change and considerate of new ideas, and have a willingness to learn new skills.

Our philanthropic activities support organizations that share the same values. Accordingly, our capacity grant program is intended to enable Snohomish County nonprofits to invest in staff and volunteer education, training, and infrastructure to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their fundraising, finances, leadership, and sustainability. We understand that many nonprofits focus their resources on supporting their direct service programs, but we believe that with strong and well-supported back offices, nonprofits can increase their capacity to serve the community.

Grant Criteria

For example grants could support the following development or systems:

  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational audit and consulting
  • Technology, Marketing or Business planning
  • Volunteer management
  • Executive coaching
  • Fundraising software or planning
  • Data evaluation and collection
  • Staff/Board training focused on operations
  • Websites, computer networks or database development
  • Internal systems: accounting and human resources


Grant range: $500 – $2500

Deadline: 11/30/2018

Notification: Agencies will be notified within 30 days of the committee decision.

Follow Up: Grant Evaluation and Report to be completed online within one year of grant award.

Apply: here

For questions regarding grants or the online grant process, contact Elizabeth Moran


Capacity Grants – Awarded – 2017

Organization Name Project Name Funded Amount
Arts Council of Snohomish County dba. Schack Art Center Technology Upgrade: File Server Replacement $2,340
Clothes for Kids Inventory Management System $2,500
Compass Health Compass Health Website Rebuild $2,500
Everett Recovery Cafe Everett Recovery Cafe $2,500
Snohomish County Music Project Help Us Be HIPAA Compliant $2,130
Stanwood Community and Senior Center Development Department Software $529
Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation Community Chest $1,665
Stillaguamish Senior Center My Senior Center web application $2,500
The Arc of Snohomish County Data Security Technology Requirements $2,000


For more grant opportunities at the Community Foundation click here